Product Type: Tesco blenders
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Tesco HB07 Handblender
Member Name: JohnJoeSmith
Tesco HB07 Handblender
Advantages: Cheap, gets the job done
Disadvantages: Messy, single speed only, no continuous button
Many soup and saucery recipes require you to blend or liquify your component ingredients in order to reach the final product. As I found out to my detriment, this is near impossible by hand. No combination or mashing or crushing would give me the right consistency for a nice creamy soup or a rich curry sauce. I was shopping in Tesco one day for another attempt at hand-made soup when I came across the Tesco Value HB07 Handblender in the appliance aisle.
At ~£4 this item is an absolute bargain, a big chicken costs more than this blender! The blender itself comes pre assembled with blades and electric cord already supplied and attached. This is nice as you don't have to worry about fiddling with sharp blades or electicity! Also contained in the box is the manual which explains how to maintain the blender through cleaning and also how to operate the device. This is a very simple product however and probably doesn't require a manual, though it's nice to see they went to the effort.
Handling the blender is child's play, though please don't let your child play with it! Simply grab the blender at the non pointy end and press the button to chop up your food. There is only one speed with this blender, either on or off. If you press the button it spins, if you let go it stops. This means you have to hold down the button to get a continuous pulse, this can be annoying but I'm sure it prevents me lopping off a toe or three. This blender can make the tabletop quite dirty as it has no stand to keep the food end from touching the ground. The addition of a stand would have been nice but I guess at £4 I can't complain.
The Tesco Handblender is rated at 150W so it is a relatively weak blender but at the same time it won't use up too much of your electricity. Honestly I've found the blender to be fine for pureeing soft boiled vegetables though it did struggle with stiffer vegetables and tough meat. The 150W is plenty of power however to splatter food everywhere if you try and use it in anything other than a deep mixing bowl. I tried to mix a bowl of soup in a soup bowl and ended up with an extra shirt in my wash and extra soup on my floor. Use a deep bowl however and you can't go too far wrong.
I'm giving this three stars as it lacks a stand and any real variable functionality. Still a great bargain at £4 though.
Summary: Good but not great. For only £4 try it yourself.